Monday, 24 September 2018

The Joy and Remembrance of Buttercups



Having visited St Chad's with our artists' group and curator, I turned my thoughts to making new artwork. I had been asked to reference the poet Wilfred Owen and possibly make an artist's book.  Wilfred Owen is an iconic poet and although I have used poetry in my artwork before knew I had to make work that would do him justice.

I started reading 'Wilfred Owen, A New Biography' by Dominic Hibberd and immersed myself in the first few chapters about Wilfred's childhood.  He was born in Oswestry, not far from me and moved to Shrewsbury, via Birkenhead when his father Tom became assistant or Chief Clerk to the Superintendent of the Joint Railway Supervisor at Shrewsbury Station.   

Wilfred delighted in the Shropshire countryside around Shrewsbury, cycling up to Wroxeter Roman City where he spent time digging there and 'brooding' over the archaeological finds in the museum.  He also adventured out to nearby Haughmond Hill taking the ferry, that existed then, from Underdale Road in Shrewsbury to Uffington near Haughmond Hill.

Around this time (1909) Wilfred was looking at plants, rocks and fossils in the spirit of John Ruskin the art critic, art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, as well as a  prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He was 'seeking to understand his environment as evidence of a benevolent, divinely ordered universe'. 

In 1918 Wilfred wrote 'Spring Offensive' which contains the lines:
'Hour after hour they ponder the warm field—
And the far valley behind, where the buttercups
Had blessed with gold their slow boots coming up,'

Wilfred's brother Harold remembers the family walking home through the meadows near
Uffington and Haughmond Hill and their 'shoes and stockings flushed with gold'.

Wilfred may have referenced these times in his poem.  As a teenager in 1909 he did think
of Haughmond and the museum at Wroxeter (dreaming of more exciting times in the
fourth century Roman city)  as 'my only consolation' from a peaceful, conventional life in
Shrewsbury.

Thus began my exploration of buttercups, these small beauties bring joy and hope as as the weather starts turning warmer and summer returns.

















Tuesday, 21 August 2018

'An Undertaking' Collaborative Art Project & Exhibition - first steps









Way back in February when the weather was colder our group of artists know as re:collect gathered in St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury for our first meeting together with curator Alex Boyd Jones from Oriel Davies Gallery, who is our mentor for this project.

We were invited by re:collect artist Julie Edwards to create new art works to reflect on the sacrifices of the First World War and also to act as remembrance to poet and soldier Wilfred Owen who was born in Oswestry, Shropshire.

The exhibition takes place in the unique building of St Chad's and is a collaboration between the artists Julie Edwards, Jacqui Dodds, Jill Impey and Keith Ashford. 

The title 'An Undertaking' refers to the challenge of making work on the theme of war.





This first meeting allowed us to explore the space in order to make our work in response to the Church and locate potential places to exhibit:






























By the end of our first session I was beginning to absorb some of the architectural detail of this distinctly round shaped church,




and kept being drawn back to the beautiful light and architecture of the Inner Vestibule:

















Monday, 21 May 2018

Jacqui Dodds, exhibition Birmingham Midland Institute





My solo exhibition is up at the Birmingham Midland Institute, Margaret Street in Birmingham from today 21st May to 6th July.  




Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Some Past and Some Present, Gallery3, Gateway Arts Centre, Shrewsbury




Opening today is this exhibition at Gallery3 in Shrewsbury consisting of artists' work that have been or who are part of the Art Panel for the gallery.
I have been invited to take part as I served on the Art Panel a few years ago and I have some of my prints on show:



Library of Birmingham, screenprint



Brain Coral Detail, blind embossing



Tree Fossil, blind embossing


The exhibition runs     24th April - 1 June 2018

Gateway Gallery 3
Gateway Arts & Education Centre
Chester Street
Shrewsbury
SY1 1NA


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Mono printing with Collage


Mono printing is a lovely, immediate form of printmaking and goes well with collage.  Here is a bit about the process.  Using an image or still life as a good composition:




I collage onto paper:





Then transfer an inked drawn line onto the collaged image:




Which produces this effect on paper and includes other incidental marks which is the finished image:



Below are some students' work on a workshop that I taught at Westhope College, Shropshire.  If you would like to learn this exciting print process with me my next one day workshops at Westhope in Mono print with Collage are Wednesday 4th April and Saturday 18th August.





















Thursday, 15 March 2018

Monoprinting with Collage workshop, Westhope College 4th April 2018



My next 'Monoprint & Collage' workshop at Westhope College near Craven Arms, Shropshire is on Wednesday 4th April.

With an image of your choice , work in this exciting print medium by using a mixture of, mono printing, collage and other media.


Materials, light lunch, tea, coffee, & cake included.
To book please phone Westhope 01584 861293